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Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

841 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 841
Reviews: 590
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 159
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Red Ale.

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 10-09-2004)
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%

Review #100.

2006 Edition.

A: Pours a dark, dark reddish copper with a quickly dissipating head.

S: Some alcohol notes, a bit of hoppiness, and a bit of sweetness. Not much for an aroma. No really noticeable hops.

T: This reminds me of a lighter version of the Stone 10 after it had sat for a year. A big caramel malt backbone with some hot alcohol mixed in. The hops have largely faded. I wonder what this would be like fresh!

M: Smooth and crisp, with a nice bite at the end.

D: Again, I can imagine when this is fresh it must be great. Even aged a year though, it's still pretty tasty - just not what you'd expect from a beer called Big Hoppy Monster.

10-26-2007 02:18:12 | More by YonderWanderer
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

Had this bottle at cellar temp and poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a hazy mahogany color with a small beige head foaming up about 1 cm. Aroma is grainy malt with some caramel as well. Herbal and sappy hops come through but dont over power. First sip reveals a soft smooth texture and average body, very mild carbonation that caresses my palate. Flavor is similar to nose, some caramel and grainy almost husky malt followed by slightly bitter sappy and grassy hops. There is no real hint of the 8% and that is nice. The beer drinks easy, but I didnt find it to have the hops to be a "double" IPA. Good enough as a beer though.

04-06-2007 20:06:52 | More by sulldaddy
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A-Couldy and very dark amber color
S-very faint with hints of sweet malt and some citrus
T-sweet caramel malt up front, citrus hops with hints of piney resign and a very smooth mouthfeel.
D-very smooth and hides the alcohol well, a little syrupy and thick

11-11-2009 01:35:39 | More by cpetrone84
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Onibubba

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

2006 Monsters of Beer Tour. Had this in a side by side with DFH 90 Minute. A good looking amber DIPA with little to no head. Aroma is knock you out of the park citrusy hops. Nearly overpowering. This is also evident in the taste. There is some malt in there, but not nearly enough to tame this. Nice carbonation. This is a bit harsh going down. Alcohol is evident and the hops burn.

Not a bad beer at all, but a bit of an ass kicker. I'm not sure I'd really want to drink more than one of these a night. If you like a DIPA with a serious hop bite, you may want to take a look at this one.

10-16-2006 13:26:05 | More by Onibubba
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tr4nc3d

Kansas

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

12fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

Appearance was that of of a dark copper like color(almost black looking, or dark brown) with a two inch slightly tan head. Good head retention with minimal lacing.

Aroma was that of a mix between malts and hops. Very slightly citrus smells try to show up with ruby grapefruit being the main one. Malts show up with caramel, toffee, biscuit and cracker like malts. Some alcohol can be detected in the aroma as well.

Taste upfront is that of a slightly citrus flavor, maybe tangerines. Following is an onslaught of malts with the likes of caramel and toffee being first, midway is cracker like malts and finishing is biscuit along with a hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall a decent beer worth trying once but nothing I would buy again

06-28-2010 20:02:54 | More by tr4nc3d
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lnashsig

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

Many thanks to Mdaschaf for the chance to taste this one. I'm a bug fan of Terrapin, and don't get a chance to drink their beers too often. Bottle labled "2011 vintage". Pours from bottle into my Brooklyn tulip. For an imperial red, this has a crazy dark color. Dark dark amber. I wasn't expecting it to look this way. Smell- citrus hops, but definetely some roastiness to it. a chalky scent as well. Taste- raisins, a hoppy bitterness, at the end, a sweetness to it. I am not sure I like this too much. Its boozy, a little off balance, and just not at all what I was expecting for the style. My barometer for this kind of beer is Gordon...and Gordon is a much better beer than this.

Based on my experience with this one, this might be a beer that can improve with age.

09-26-2011 01:07:15 | More by lnashsig
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

Taken from notes on 3.24.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep reddish-brown with a thick, bubbly medium tan head.

S - Malts, and sugars.

T - Sweet malts, slightly hoppy, with a coffee finish.

D - Pretty sweet, no booze flavor or burn.

06-01-2011 23:23:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Nachojon

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

A- Great looking beer. Hazy deep wood amber, red. Really thin layer of head that dissipates quite quickly.

S- Some hops, and some nice sweet notes, like a raspberry with a little tart.

T- WOAH. I'd say Big Malty Monster to start. Like big brown figs, raisin and even some chocolate. There are some hops in the finish, it's balance is on the malt side, however.

M- Thick. It's not hot, but not overly drinkable in my opinion. Some residue left on tongue.

O- Good, but not my favorite. I would love to try some more beer from Terrapin.

12-22-2011 02:32:45 | More by Nachojon
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harrymel

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

Vintage10AA

Dark brownish red with flecks of yeast cycling around in the ale with three fingers of persistent caramel foam. Strong sheet of lace. Smells good and malty, some toffee, tea and hints of mushrooms. Also smelling some brown sugar.

Nice malty, sweet ale with some nougat tones and some nice white cake flavor. Nothing particularly complex, but the yeast seems to add a nice nutty element and this one is dangerously drinkable. Wish there were some spicy bittering from hops, but hey, can't always have it all.

Decent enough brew. I like the malt profile on this beer, but I like a little more hop character in my Red/Impy reds.

01-02-2012 06:28:13 | More by harrymel
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UnDeadly

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

12 oz bottle, Glass stein

Appearance - Hard to tell because of the dark crimson color, but the beer seemed rather hazy. Good, 1.5 finger foam with small bubbles, but not sustaining. Moderate lacing.

Smell - Oak notes are very dominant, with subtle notes of rum and pine. Nice, but nothing great.

Taste - Very gentle spice notes in the front give to a big oak and plum flavor in the middle. Bitterness kicks in the aftertaste and definitely favor the spice and pine notes.

Mouth Feel - Probably my favorite thing about the beer. A very nice, creamy mouthfeel that coats the mouth well. Carbonation is well done without any sting.

Drinkability - A solid beer with some good notes, and would be very interesting on tap. High-ish ABV and cost would prevent having any more than a second.

OK, so with a name like Big Hoppy Monster...I was expecting lots of hops. And I really did not get that from this beer. OK, let's just set the name aside. As an amber? Closer, though I really think the oak notes were a touch too dominant. Yes they were nice, but I think it really threw things out of balance, in a style that should epitomize a balance of malt and hops. Is the beer good? Certainly, and maybe with some age it will balance out, but right now it did not blow me away.

10-29-2010 02:51:28 | More by UnDeadly
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

Thanks to sholland119 for throwing this into our most recent spring trade. This one's been on my want list for quite a while - what hop head doesn't want to get into a BIG HOPPY MONSTER? Well, I do, at least. Onwards.

Big H. is a deep, clear red, & I've always liked redheads. Smell is surprisingly lacking in hops, just a head-clearing sweetness.

This brew is big & brawny. Despite the moniker, the malt is in the front row with a battering ram. It's very thick, on par with some Russian Imperials, but lacking the cloying sweetness I don't enjoy on malt heavy beers; perhaps the rearguard of hops are evening things out. I'm having some trouble with the taste subtexts here, but they're nice.

Just a wee bit on the heavy side. Only about 1/4 of the bottle is gone, & my stomach is already beginning to fill up.

The advertised hoppiness seemed to be almost completely absent, but it's in line with everything I've enjoyed from Terrapin, that is to say, very good.

04-16-2009 02:10:07 | More by maximum12
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

This beer poured out as a nice looking red color with a yellowish white color. The head was a little on the fizzy side, the lacing wasn't too strong on this one. The smell was hoppy with a little sweet malts in the back end. The taste has some caramel malts up front giving off a sweet flavor that's quickly attacked by the bitterness of the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit tingly. Overall it's not a bad brew and probably worth trying again.

06-11-2011 02:24:42 | More by Knapp85
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swid

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

A big shout-out to tpd975 for sending me a selection of FL/GA beers. Thanks!

Big Hoppy Monster pours a deep ruby/near-brown color into my glass. A 1/4" tan head appears and then disappears nearly instantly. Low carbonation, virtually no lacing. The aroma is dominated by the hop elements, with pine and citrus being most notable. Only after the beer warms up after a while does any appreciable malty caramel aroma become apparent.

The taste of this beer is, once again, initially dominated by a pine and citrus hop bitterness. After about a second, a strong caramel maltiness comes through. A hint of dry alcoholic heat is detectable, but is remarkably well hidden for a beer of this ABV. Mouthfeel is light and dry. Finishes with a warm, citrusy bitterness.

Overall, an enjoyable beer, but one that's a bit too "extreme" for the American Amber style. If a Double Red/Amber style existed, Big Hoppy Monster would be a near-perfect example. Oh well, a man can dream...

12-08-2008 03:12:47 | More by swid
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tugg407

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-10-2012 09:26:21 | More by tugg407
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Poured into a NB globe

Deep reddish brown in color with a slowly fading tan head. Good lacing on this beer as well. Strong and sweet caramel malt aroma. Solid amount of hops too, good all around smell.

Taste is fairly well balanced between hops and the caramel malt. Tiny bit of booziness on the finish along with lingering hops. This brew has a medium body with the same carbonation and smooth.

OK brew, just not my cup of tea.

11-19-2011 03:47:26 | More by BennyL1
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DTSweet


3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

07-18-2014 18:20:21 | More by DTSweet
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

11-02-2012 13:58:36 | More by dvmin98
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-05-2012 01:37:14 | More by stampfler07
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

07-02-2014 23:44:36 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-04-2012 08:53:56 | More by IdrinkGas
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Dolph1979

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-07-2012 16:52:04 | More by Dolph1979
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-31-2012 09:09:58 | More by ygtbsm94
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philadelphia, PA

Somewhat resembled a Scottish ale or barleywine. Not bad. Poured out reddish-brown with a small beige head that left an oily lace. Lots of pine and citrus hops in the nose, caramel malts and some light fruits. Sweet with caramel in the taste, earthy, with citrusy hops flowing through mid-palate; pine and sugar, and a bit of noticeable alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel, and a bit filmy. Overall quite drinkable.

07-03-2011 20:26:47 | More by Rifugium
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

12-30-2011 23:57:42 | More by IrishColonial
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Thebrianeffect

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

06-15-2014 04:34:48 | More by Thebrianeffect
Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster from Terrapin Beer Company
91 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.